The data protection and human right law are set up to guide the use of security cameras in any organization. The use of such cameras can bring a distortion of an employer’s duties to his employees. Even Hikvision, a leading cybersecurity company, gave out tips to their partners and end users of their security systems about how they can reduce vulnerabilities and security concerns in their establishments.

The following are the effects of using security cameras at work, and what to do so as to stay within the terms of the data protection and human right law.

There exist many important reasons why employers of any organization would want to monitor the day-to-day activities of their employees by using security cameras. Of course, this monitoring can also be lawful.     

The following are the reasons for security cameras supervision in an organization:

  • For productivity improvement
  • To ensure and also record that procedures are followed accordingly
  • To be sure of compliance with regulatory requirements (most common in some sectors such as financial services)
  • To prevent violence and theft, thereby ensuring employees safety
  • To avoid deliberate damage and all other kinds of misconduct

Areas of Law to Be Observed When Using Security Cameras in an Organization

Two major areas of the law must be observed when using security cameras, these are:

  1. Employment law states that an employer must avoid acting in a way that may tarnish the confidence and mutual trust existing between an employer and his employee. If this happens by any means, an employee has the legal right to claim constructive dismissal that his employer has done something that is inconsistent with that mutual trust and confidence, thus he is entitled to the right of resignation, treat himself as having been dismissed unfairly and lobby for a compensation.
  2. Under the human rights law, there is a provision for the right of privacy of an employee. Employers, most especially in the public sector, should ensure to respect such right by making sure installed security cameras supervision is not too intrinsic but proportionate.

In order to avoid problems with all the above-mentioned laws, unless the existence of security cameras is for a particular reason such as to comply with a regulatory requirement or crime detection, the employer should let the employees know about the security cameras in advance:

  • That he is introducing security camera system for security concerns
  • The nature of supervision
  • The reasons for such supervision
  • How information obtained from the camera would be used
  • How their rights to privacy would be protected